"In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language" -Mark Twain
I´ve studied four foreign languages and the only one that wasn't a "Romance Language" was ASL or American Sign Language. It's also the only one I don't mix in with the other three.
I studied French in school for years, then I studied Portuguese for six months as we anticipated our big move to Brazil, which turned into Argentina and my ongoing study of Spanish. Each time I began a new language it was as if the other was flushed out of my mind. Sometimes though, I would slip in French or Portuguese into my communication efforts as I struggled to live in Spanish.... It was less helpful than you'd think.
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut